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He said on Monday: “It was deeply uncomfortable not knowing what was going to happen.
The only way I could cope with being in that situation was to document it.” The group humiliate the man, coercing him into an ‘interview’ about his sexuality, and forcing him to dance.
Investigative journalist Liz Mac Kean got inside the St Petersburg branch of Occupy Paedophilia, an anti-gay organisation with at least 37 chapters across Russia.
The group tracks down and abducts gay men, torturing and humiliating them, before posting the footage on the internet.
The prosecution said the piece had broken “traditional family values” to promote “genderless and fruitless so-called tolerance” In May last year, a gay man from the southern Russian city of Volgograd who was tortured to death in an apparent hate crime, was sexually assaulted with beer bottles, and had his skull “smashed with a stone.” The naked and beaten body of the 23-year-old man was found in the courtyard of an apartment building in the city.
“He was raped with beer bottles and had his skull smashed with a stone,” said Natalia Kunitskaya, a spokeswoman for the Volgograd region branch of the Investigative Committee.
A large group of gay rights activists including the British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell waved rainbow flags and carried signs reading “Russia is not Iran.” They were attacked by ultra-Orthodox campaigners who gathered to disturb the march, banned for the sixth year by the Moscow authorities.